[Durham] new member, linux san, linux roles

Rick Trotter rick.trotter at teescode.co.uk
Fri Nov 4 20:18:38 UTC 2011

Hi Andrew,

There are a lot of different companies using a plethora of  
distributions and applications on them. In three different businesses  
I've worked with three distinct distributions and application sets  
A lot of systems are either Debian or Fedora based nowadays - you're  
pretty much guaranteed to work on one or the other nowadays.
Most applications are built on web interfaces nowadays so an  
understanding of some sort of coding (PHP/Perl for backend , XHTML/ 
JQuery/CSS for frontend) is useful. PHP5, Apache & MySQL are most  
common in my experience.

In terms of iSCSI stuff, it can be bolted directly into the OS (it's  
a nice easy apt-get and then a little bit of configuration on Debian  
systems). If you're wanting GUI stuff then there are a couple of Open  
SAN implementations out there - a quick google will throw up loads of  
information (try openfiler).
VMWare will bolt into Linux nicely and you can get vmotion type  
things happening between boxes if you set it up.
The key thing is to have a good old sit down and read of some of the  
information and play with some of the technology.
Happy hacking!

Rick Trotter
rick.trotter at teescode.co.uk

On 4 Nov 2011, at 17:13, Andrew Critchlow wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I am new to the Durham Linux User Group.
> I had few discussion points I thought i'd open up to everyone!
> Firstly, linux jobs: has anyone any experience working in a linux  
> role and with which distribution? I am interested to know what  
> technologies some of the big organissations are using out there on  
> there linux servers. Apache being the most common but I'm guessing  
> some unknown bespoke applications/databases!?
> Secondly, Linux Virtulization: How good is it? We have the ability  
> for whats similar to Vmotion but what about shared storage? SAN?  
> HP's Lefthand SAN is currently linux based which uses what is  
> effectively a GLBP address to spread the load across the SAN  
> controllers (which are just HP servers). Anyone know of a project  
> out there for Linux SAN implementations over ISCSI? This may be  
> asking a bit too much but I'm thinking along the lines of being  
> able to RAID over multiple physical boxes and have a management  
> interface for creating LUNs etc.
> Thanks all, look forward to your responses!
> Andrew.
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